How to Spend 3 Days in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands: A Selection of Weekend Itineraries
Got 3 days at your disposal, a plane ticket to the Cook Islands and no idea what to do with the two? First, we definitely recommend extending your stay as you’ll miss so much if you only come to the Cook Islands for 3 days! Second, you’ll only have enough time to experience a few highlights on the country’s main island, Rarotonga… So, forget about a trip to Aitutaki. With our compilation of the best Rarotonga and Cook Islands itineraries for 3 days, however, you’ll still be able to figure out exactly where to go, what to do, where to stay and more!
Whether you’re a family or couple; on a budget or seeking luxury, our selection of 3-day Rarotonga and Cook Islands itineraries seriously has something for everyone. Get browsing and see where the magic takes you. Usually, it’s to somewhere in paradise…
Destinations Visited on Our Cook Islands Itineraries for 3 Days
The Cook Islands is actually made up of 15 islands, but with just 3 days to spare, you’ll only have time to visit the main island, Rarotonga. Luckily, the island is small enough to drive around in just a day…
Rarotonga is the largest island in the Cook Islands, home to the country’s capital and only international airport. With a 32km (20-mile) road around the entire island taking you to a myriad of resorts, restaurants and lagoon tours, the island is like one huge resort. Find out more about it in The Complete Travel Guide to Rarotonga.
Cook Islands Budget and Backpacking Itinerary for 3 Days
Ok, so taking a flight to anywhere for 3 days is never cost-effective, but if you still want to explore Rarotonga on a limited budget, then our Rarotonga Budget & Backpacking Itinerary: 3 Days packs as much in as possible for as little as possible.
Combining Rarotonga’s amazing free and cheap activities, affordable ways of getting around such as bus and scooter travel, and staying in the island’s budget resorts, backpackers and guesthouses, this itinerary allows you to enjoy an incredible getaway even on a limited budget.
Overview: 3-Day Budget and Backpacking Itinerary for Rarotonga
- Day 1 – Arrive on Rarotonga + explore Muri Beach
- Day 2 – Island hike
- Day 3 – Explore Avarua + departure
- See the full itinerary: Rarotonga Budget & Backpacking Itinerary: 3 Days.
Cook Islands Luxury Itinerary for 3 Days
If escaping to the Cook Islands for a special occasion and if, well, money is not an issue, this Rarotonga Luxury Itinerary: 3 Days offers the ultimate “treat yourself” weekend away.
Stay in Rarotonga’s most lavish resorts and villas, experience the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation and indulge in the island’s fine dining scene.
Overview: 3-Day Luxury Itinerary for Rarotonga
- Day 1 – Arrival on Rarotonga
- Day 2 – Adventure or relaxation in Raro
- Day 3 – Private tour of Rarotonga + departure
- See the full itinerary: Rarotonga Luxury Itinerary: 3 Days.
Cook Islands Family Itinerary for 3 Days
Our Rarotonga Family Itinerary: 3 Days might only be 3 days but it still ensures that your time together in paradise is well balanced between relaxation and family fun.
With an easy decision made to stay on Rarotonga, rather than visiting any other islands, our itinerary will guide you through the most family-friendly accommodations, things to do with kids and the best dining options for all ages.
Overview: 3-Day Family Itinerary for Rarotonga
- Day 1 – Arrive on Rarotonga + island night
- Days 2 – Explore the Muri Lagoon
- Day 3 – Last day on Rarotonga
- See the full itinerary: Rarotonga Family Itinerary: 3 Days.
Cook Islands Honeymoon and Romance Itinerary for 3 Days
With its gorgeous turquoise lagoons, sandy shores and swaying coconut palms, Rarotonga is ideal for a romantic escape! Couples who prefer an effortless getaway will dig our Rarotonga Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: 3 Days.
Plan a retreat with your loved one that has you staying in the most endearing accommodations, experiencing adventure and relaxation, as well as dining at the most romantic restaurants…
Overview: 3-Day Honeymoon and Romance Itinerary for Rarotonga
- Day 1 – Arrival on Rarotonga
- Day 2 – Adventure in Raro
- Day 3 – Relaxation in Raro + departure
- See the full itinerary: Rarotonga Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: 3 Days.
Cook Islands Foodie Itinerary for 3 Days
Taste is an important sense not to be forgotten when travelling. In fact, our Rarotonga Food Itinerary: 3 Days puts it at the forefront as an immersion into the Rarotongan culture.
Our itinerary incorporates food-related activities, such as a progressive dinner tour and a foodie island hike, while also, of course, giving top dining recommendations for any connoisseur.
Overview: 3-Day Foodie Itinerary for Rarotonga
- Day 1 – Arrive on Rarotonga + progressive dinner
- Day 2 – Explore Avarua or foodie hike
- Day 3 – Last day on Rarotonga
- See the full itinerary: Rarotonga & Cook Islands Food Itinerary: 3 Days.
Cook Islands Adults-Only Itinerary for 3 Days
If you want to have an appropriate tone for your weekend away, i.e. one that doesn’t involve overenthusiastic children, set your sights on our Rarotonga Adults-Only Itinerary: 3 Days.
Of course, adults-only accommodations are the main event of this itinerary, while experiences away from the masses, such as the Cross Island Trek or a self-guided road trip, also make an appearance.
Overview: 3-Day Adults-Only Itinerary for Rarotonga
- Day 1 – Arrive on Rarotonga
- Day 2 – Explore Rarotonga
- Day 3 – Departure
- See the full itinerary: Rarotonga Adults-Only Itinerary: 3 Days.
More of the Best Cook Islands Itineraries
That’s it for the best Rarotonga and Cook Islands itineraries for 3 days. If you think you’d rather visit for longer (go on then!), check out our best Cook Islands itineraries below.
- The Best Rarotonga & Cook Islands Itineraries for 2 Weeks
- The Best Rarotonga & Cook Islands Itineraries for 10 Days
- The Best Rarotonga & Cook Islands Itineraries for 1 Week
- The Best Rarotonga & Cook Islands Itineraries for 5 Days.
Finally, if you have no idea how long to spend in the Cook Islands, then you best start at square one with The Best Cook Islands Travel Guide.